Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Le Labo Oud 27
Oud 27 is very straightforward and linear on my skin and even the listed accords are simplistic. LS has Atlas Cedar, Incense, Patchouli, Saffron and Gaiac Wood. The opening combination of Saffron and Gaiac isn't exactly a blissful union, but within 10 minutes they find a way to blend more successfully. It opens with a bit of skankiness from the saffron as it intermingles with the cedar/incense duo.
I've heard others regard this as fecal, but I don't get a feces aroma. I do, however, get a Johnson&Johnson band-aid note from the combination of cedar, saffron and gaiac. It's a tad weird and in spite of it not being unpleasant, it's a deal breaker for me. It could very well be that too many houses jumping on the Oud bandwagon should have never got on in the first place.
I like all the listed notes for Oud 27, but they don't work for me here. The rubbery plastic aroma that is mimicking the band-aid begins to annoy me after 20 minutes or so. I find it distracting and wearisome. The best I can give Oud 27 is a neutral rating, but even that is being generous. I recommend a few sample wears of this before a purchase. A blind buy could be a big mistake.